Scott Koenig, former manager of metal band Biohazard and Fear Factory, and an experienced member of the early Diff Jam Records / Rush Communications Company, who managed or released albums for BC Boys, Run-DMC, Slayer and others, has died. He was 57; The cause of death was not announced at the time of publication of this article.
A resident of Staten Island, Koenig started as Vinyl Mania and It’s Only Rock n Roll as “Metal Guy,” one of the two largest record stores in Greenwich Village, New York, in the 1980s. He studied with Rick Rubin at New York University and was introduced to Slayer, co-founder of Def Jam, who became the first non-rapper to sign the label; Rubin has produced several of their albums, including the career-defined “Kingdom in Blood” and “Heaven in the South”. Koenig later labeled Chicago Doom-Metal Act Trouble, which Rubin also signed and produced. In contrast to the way he worked with soft-spoken and low-spoken, high-pitched musicians and musicians, Koenig was a familiar face in the New York music scene of the era and “Fight for Your Right to Party” in Beastis’ 1986 video
Koenig briefly directed Slayer and worked for Rush in the 1990s, grooming his way to manage New York punk-metal apparel Biohazard, which released nine studio albums over the next 20 years. Koenig cut a deal with the band to release his second album, 1992’s “Urban Discipline”, at Indie Metal Powerhouse Roadrunner Records. Later They signed with Warner Bros. (A common technique of the era, used by Guns N Roses and Pearl Jam predecessor Mother Love Bones, to create “underground lightning” before the main-label debut). In 1995 he began operating the Roderner Metal Act Fear Factory. During this time he founded King Management and moved to Los Angeles, where he was a regular on the metallic scenes of the city, especially at the legendary Rainbow Bar N ‘Grill.
Survivors’ information was not immediately available.